Ceramics Technician Emeritus
Pat Colyar is a longtime ceramics technician at the Kirkland Arts Center and has taught ceramics since 1988. She enjoys helping people learn about the joys of clay work while discovering their own abilities. She specializes in making functional ceramic ware and two-dimensional wall pieces.
Glenda J. Cooper
Education & Programs Coordinator
Marc La Pointe
Marc La Pointe (he/him) is an interdisciplinary artist who is passionate about developing opportunities for creative dialogue. After receiving his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2018, Marc has shared his artwork in multiple exhibitions. Recently, Marc worked alongside Tamsie Ringler to realize Winter is Alive! which functioned as a catalyst for contemplation, conversation, and action to respond to the global climate crisis. Marc is incredibly grateful to join the KAC team to engage with the community and promote dynamically inclusive participation in the arts.
Ellen McGivern is a Curator and Arts Administrator whose research focuses on the unique and symbiotic relationship between makers and artist communities. Originally from the Great Plains, Ellen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas with degrees in both Journalism and Art History. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2017, Ellen completed her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University, interned at contemporary performance organization On the Boards, and was a writing resident in the University of Washington’s Black Embodiments Studio. Most recently she has worked in Access Services at her alma mater, Seattle University’s Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, was a Curatorial Assistant for the exhibition, Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art of Saint Louis, and was contracted to assist in Shunpike’s Storefront project, a creative initiative to provide public art experiences in downtown Seattle.
Senior Ceramics Technician
Sean Tessandori is a California-born artist living in Tacoma, WA. Sean began working with clay during high school, and then more seriously while attending University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Sean received his BA in 2017 from the Humboldt State University in Studio Arts with a focus in
Ceramics. His functional forms are thrown and trimmed on the potter’s wheel with added slip trailed texture. The slightly ridged forms which are broken up by sections of recessed and raised texture draw upon his roots in metal and woodworking, and he explores the idea relationship
between handmade functional objects and their effect on everyday life.